Advent (“coming”) is the first season of the Church Year. It is observed on the four Sundays prior to Christmas Eve. This season varies in length, anywhere from three weeks to nearly four. The themes of this season are expectancy and hope. Advent begins with prophetic announcements of Christ’s return in glory, moving to the ministry of John the Baptist. As Christmas draws nearer, the themes revolve around the nativity texts in the gospels. Favorite hymns of the season include O Come O Come Emmanuel. 


What a perfect opportunity to be in prayer each day, to make the most of this season of light and hope.

To help our community observe Advent, we are making available Luther Seminary’s daily devotional book, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. This beautiful daily devotional draws its inspiration from this beautiful hymn we all know and sing each year. The whole world rejoices at the coming of the Savior, and we will keep the worldwide focus of the season in our hearts this year.

Day by day, this inspiring book will lead us through the journey of Advent, drawing ever nearer to the joyous celebration of Christmas. We hope that this free resource will bring much hope and inspiration to our community in these days of expectancy and hope.


We pray that our entire community will take the opportunity to gather in faith and hope as we anticipate the birth of the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ.     

 - Please see devotionals in pdf format, below